Modern technology can be fun, helpful, convenient and efficient, but overall, these amazing gadgets are enabling. Like any other previous innovations, smart devices allow us to open doors and take shortcuts that were not even an option just some years ago.
We live in an era where limitations are only set by one’s creativity. You could create apps that help u in our everyday lives, just like you could create apps that completely change a person’s life. They can be used as tools for the handicapped and disabled, for example.
The KNFB reader app enters the market, more or less giving sight to the blind. This application sees for those who are not fortunate enough to have that ability. The in-app camera can take a picture of anything with writing, only to then transcribe the text and read it out loud for the user (Braille also supported).
It is astounding to realize how much freedom such an application can grant blind users. People around the world have started using KNFB Reader with great results. We are all astounded by the app’s performance, accuracy and speed. What is next?
The team is committed to making SNFB Reader available to the masses. Aside from the currently available iOS app, an Android version will be released in the “coming months”. They are not stopping there, though.
The team is looking into wearables. More specifically, they are thinking about creating a Google Glass app, which would be ideal for the app’s audience. Google glass features a camera that looks at what is in front of you at all times.
Such an app would virtually give a more immersive and deeper perception to the blind. And because it is sound equipped, functionality would be as simple as facing the direction of the printed text and telling Google Glass to read the writing for you.
Google Glass compatibility continues to be just an idea, though. Your best bet would be not to hold your breath on it. What you can do right now is download the iOS app from the Apple App Store, which definitely doesn’t come cheap.
At $99, it would probably be the most expensive app I have ever purchased. But then again, you can’t really put a price on the abilities this application provides. Any person who needs it wouldn’t think twice about paying this price.
It is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Oh, and they must be running iOS 7 or higher. Will any of our readers be using KNFB Reader? If you have other solutions, please let us know about them!